Ecumenical Dialogues

Coming together for dialogue with other Christian world communions is one of the key ways that the Anglican Communion works towards Christian unity.

These meetings are an opportunity to share experience and views, examine differences and seek ways to resolve the issues that have separated us. They provide a forum to develop new understandings, correct misunderstandings and heal divisions.  

The Unity, Faith and Order department at the Anglican Communion Office co-ordinate and run these dialogues according to principles set out at the Anglican Consultative Council in 2009.

 

Dialogues in 2019

 

January

  • 16-19  Anglican–Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC), Prague
  • 21-25  International Anglican Liturgical Commission (IALC), Hong Kong

May

  • 11-18  Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), Jerusalem

August

  • 23-31 International Reformed Anglican Dialogue (IRAD) Hiroshima

October

  • 9-17  International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD), Canterbury
  • 21-26  Anglican–Oriental Orthodox International Commission (AOOIC), Cairo

December

  • 4-12  Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO), Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Current dialogues

 

Anglican Baptist 2002 Group Photograph

Anglican–Baptist

A series of bi-lateral regional conversations initiated by the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance and the 1998 Lambeth Conference.

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ALICC Hong Kong 2014 group photograph

Anglican–Lutheran

Regional agreements of close co-operation (described as either “full communion” or “communion”) exist in Northern Europe and North America. Other regional agreements have also been established. 

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Anglican–Methodist

Anglican–Methodist

A new Anglican-Methodist International Consultation began in November 2007 to build on previous work and discern the next steps for Anglican-Methodist relations through their worldwide constitutional bodies.

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Anglican–Oriental Orthodox

Anglican–Oriental Orthodox

The Oriental Orthodox Churches are those ancient Christian Churches who were not able to receive the Christological definition developed at the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in AD 451. Our theological dialogue with them began in 2001.

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Anglican–Orthodox

Anglican–Orthodox

Recent dialogue with the family of Eastern Orthodox Churches began in 1973 when the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions (A/OJDD) held its first meeting in Oxford. 

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Anglican–Reformed

Anglican–Reformed

Formal dialogue with the Reformed Communion resumed in 2015 after a gap of 31 years. Its mandate includes studying the nature of communion and a wide range of missiological challenges facing the two Communions.


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Anglican–Roman Catholic

Anglican–Roman Catholic

Current dialogue began after the Second Vatican Council ended in 1965. There are two Commissions for Anglican-Roman Catholic co-operation: the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM).

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